'I Don't Care What You Say' - Exclusive: Whelan tells Leeds player some home truths
Noel Whelan claimed Illan Meslier was saved by a “ridiculous” decision on Sunday as Leeds United beat Burnley 1-0 at Elland Road courtesy of Patrick Bamford’s 10th goal of the season.
The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Marcelo Bielsa’s side were “very lucky” to get away with the incident in the first half.
Meslier, 20, clattered into Clarets defender Ben Mee in the first half, prompting referee Robert Jones to blow for a foul on the goalkeeper just moments before Ashley Barnes fired the ball home.
The clash, which appeared to show the Leeds goalkeeper fouling Mee, could not be reviewed by VAR as Jones had blew his whistle before the ball hit the back of the net.
Whelan sympathised with Clarets manager Sean Dyche regarding the “decisive moment”.
“For me it is a penalty,” he told Football Insider.
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“No matter how many times I watch it, at full speed or in slow motion – it is penalty all day long.
“You have just seen the protection that goalkeepers get and it is ridiculous at times.
“As much as I hate to say it, Meslier was very rash in the way he came out. Ben Mee was not even looking at the goalkeeper.
“Anywhere else on the pitch that is a free kick and a yellow card. I do not care what you say.
“We got away with it yesterday because it would have been a decisive moment in the game. Very lucky. Sean Dyche is understandably annoyed.”